Impression Management In Conjunction With Self-Efficacy And Self Esteem

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Online Dating and the Self
An Analysis of Computer Mediated Technology and Impression Management in conjunction with Self-Efficacy and Self-Esteem.

In our modern society, technology has rapidly and progressively evolved at an unprecedented rate. As one article tells us, Not only are the necessities more than covered, many aspects are dedicated to more personal wants/needs. One such aspect is that of dating, a custom designed to pair one willing participant with another in order to procreate. Of course, this was its first function, but as technology has progressed, the process has become a quest for a person to find another person who is most compatible in terms of romantic stability. Dating, as it was before, has taken a new form in the revolutionary
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A study that tested the relationship between self-esteem and self-efficacy showed a positive correlation with a significance level of r(111) = .63 (Espana 2013). This means that there is a strong relationship between self-esteem and self-efficacy. In essence, having low self-esteem contributes to lowered self-efficacy levels. An example would be a person who doesn’t think they can land a date with another person through an online medium and fails will in turn have a decreased self-esteem as a result of the failure. As a result of low self-efficacy one might start to blame an aspect of themselves (i.e. looks, likes, beliefs, etc.) and change those aspects. Self-efficacy also refers to individuals’ belief in their capabilities to organize and execute the courses of action required to produce given attainments (Gibbs, Ellison, & Lai 2011). The internet makes this task extremely simple. This is where the quote “On the internet no one knows you’re a dog” comes into effect with online dating. Let’s say that person A has asked person B on a date through a dating website and got turned down. If person A believes they got turned down because of the way they look, they could make a new profile with a picture of someone person A believes is attractive enough to get a date. Now person A controls a profile of either a fictional character that they created or a real person that doesn 't use that dating site. In doing this, person A has turned into a cat-fisher. In the context of online dating, a cat-fisher isn 't someone who fishes catfish but someone who has created a fake persona of themselves and uses that persona on social media and online dating sites to fool others into thinking they are someone they’re not. As you can see, self-efficacy has a large role in how people plan their approach to using a dating

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